Scientists at NASA reported yesterday that an unidentified source of high energy cosmic radiation has been detected. The standard model of cosmic ray origins does not account for these levels of high energy electrons. NASA believes there may be a previously unidentified source within 3000 light years of Earth, possibly a pulsar, mini-quasar, supernova remnant or an intermediate mass black hole. One alternate theory is that it may be the first recorded instance of decaying exotic particles which are described by dark matter theories.
Interplanetary Internet? Shouldn’t we figure out how to survive
conveniently on other planets first before we are making plans for an
Internet connection on Mars? Questions like this one may come to mind
when we hear NASA talking about its deep space Internet, but there is
in fact a very practical use for this technology: It could enable a
much more reliable and useful communications platform for future space
missions that take spacecraft millions of miles away from Earth.
A company called Argosy Medical has been producing textbooks and computer simulations of human anatomy since 1990. They have created a website which now has over 400,000 subscribers. It shows the complete anatomy of an adult female in 3D. Individual organs can be displayed, highlighted, zoomed-in on, rotated, and much more. Combinations of organs can also be selected. It's a virtual tour through one of the most amazing creations on Earth, the human body.
An online survey of 5,148 respondents in France, Germany, Russia, Spain and UK, found that 77% of those questioned could not live without daily Internet access. This fell above the 54% who said they could not live without a car, and 61% who said they could not live without a washing machine. Would they feel the same way in a couple weeks when the pile of clothes becomes most noticeable, and not just by its size?
Each Year the New Oxford American Dictionary gets ready for the holiday
season by making its biggest yearly announcement, the word of the year.
The word of the year for 2008 is, drumroll please, “hypermiling”.
Following a spy video that surfaced on the Internet in August and
official pictures of the vehicle that were released in September,
General Motors (GM) is set to officially exhibit and discuss the 2011
Chevy Volt at the LA Auto Show tomorrow.
Researchers have developed a powerful new image sensor to be used in
the digital camera of the Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope and
Rapid Response System). The system consists of 60 24 megapixel charged
coupled devices (CCDs), provided a total resolution of 1.4 gigapixels
or 1,444,000,000 pixels – more than 100 times the resolution available
in today’s high-end consumer digital cameras.
Michael Dell will present a welcoming session and keynote presentation today in Ballroom D at the Supercomputing Conference 2008 in Austin. Dell kicks off the busiest day of the conference, complete with more than 70 separate presentations and running until 7pm CST this evening.
NASA's Aqua satellite captured powerful images of the California wildfires yesterday using their Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). These images show a clear trail of smoke extending out over the Pacific Ocean, and the full extent of the areas affected. According to NASA the areas shown in red (see slideshow) around the Los Angeles metropolitan area represent places where fire was detected.
An electrical failure that forced the shutdown of the Large Hadron
Collider (LHC) in September and will keep the system offline over the
winter, will cost at least $21 million to repair, AP reports.
Paramount has teamed up with J.J. Abrams (of Armageddon and Mission Impossible III fame) to create a new Star Trek The Original Series (TOS) movie, set for release May 8, 2009. This movie will reclaim Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura, Scotty and the rest in their familiar roles. However, they will be played by new actors. In addition to the new faces, the story line will not be completely true to the original. Like other recent efforts, Paramount hopes this reimagining will kick off a renewed interest in an aging franchise.
Convey Computer Corporation announced today the world's first hybrid core computer. Their design utilizes Intel Xeon processors and custom engineered Xilinx FPGA co-processors which, like the old 80387 FPU chips, process data alongside their x86 counterpart. Sharing the same real and virtualy memory space, this design also allows for significant advances in performance per watt. Convey uses ANSI standard C/C++/Fortran, making development much simpler and almost entirely x86-based.